The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority almost made one of the worst decisions in environmental history. Talks on granting permits for the creation of a coal port terminal at Abbot Point (25km north of Bowen, Queensland), along with permission to dump dredge into parts of the Great Barrier Reef, have been postponed until January 31st.

The fact that GBRMPA was — and maybe still is — so close to potentially agreeing to this is frightening; if the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural wonder of the world, can be neglected in this way, is any region safe?

These 16 photos from Matador editor-at-large Scott Sporleder show exactly what’s at stake.

If these permits go through, this video may become an artifact within a changed future.

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